Monthly Archives: July 2008

Conference Call Sunday July 27

We will be hosting a conference call at the usual time, 9pm Eastern, 6 Pacific, Sunday, July 27. Our discussion will be about the democratic and non-violent education conferences in Troy and Berkeley.

To call in, dial 218-936-6666 and use code 9936250#.

A reminder that this will be our last call for a while tomorrow
(Sunday) night at the usual time. Varda Brahms
and Theodore Timpson will be leading the call, but I invite anyone
who attended the two recent conferences in Troy and Berkeley to
help. We’ll be comparing/contrasting all the conferences and trying
to see if they add up.

Also, I should note, that these calls are hardly all business–we
usually spend about the first half hour chatting and reminiscing,
just as a way of keeping in touch after the conference.

All the best to all of you!


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Sunday, July 20, Conference Call

Greetings to you all!

This is to remind you that we will resume our conference calls tomorrow, Sunday, at the usual time, 9 pm Eastern, 6 Pacific.

Julie Nichols, Professor of English at Utah Valley State College, will be leading our discussion. To call in, dial 218-936-6666 and use code 9936250#.

I’m hoping to schedule a call for next week, the 27th, on the two recent conferences that some of us attended, on Democratic Education in Troy, NY in late June, and on Nonviolent Education (organized by Michael Nagler) in Berkeley this past weekend.

I won’t be able to make another call on Sunday for several weeks after that, due to travel plans. DO feel free to use this blog to keep up the conversation! Contact Betsy DeGeorge: if you have questions about posting or commenting. And be sure to see the absolutely terrific and extensive montage of photos with musical accompaniment that Richard Ressman (Gabriele Rico’s husband) posted on our website (the full address is on Betsy’s email from yesterday). It was truly wonderful to see all those faces and sights and dances again!

Hope they’re matched with voices on the call tomorrow!


Update on EFNV conference

Hello everyone, we have trimmed down the offerings — and the price! — for the nonviolence conference. Here’s the scoop (I will try to email the poster in better format):

~ presents ~
3rd Annual Summer Conference & Teacher Training
Teaching Hope: The Nonviolent
July 18 – 19, 2008
Friday 6:00 – 9:00, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00
Bishop O’Dowd High School
9500 Stearns Ave, Oakland, CA
Dr. Michael Nagler
The Metta Center for Nonviolence Education
Azim Khamisa
The Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Plus workshops on:
“Peaceful Communications in the Classroom”
“Teaching About World Conflicts and Peaceful Options”
“Practical Tools for Teaching Nonviolence”
“Teaching Gandhi the movie”
Workshop presenters include:
Fellowship of Reconciliation, Bay Area Nonviolent Communication,
The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Pace e Bene, and others.
* Registration Fee: $75.00 (scholarships available); $20 for students
* Meals included: Friday evening and Saturday lunch
To register online go to, email or call 510-548-5550

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July 13 Conference Call Readings

Hello, all–

Great thanks to Werner for forwarding the pictures (I look forward to
scrolling through them all!) and to Carlo for his sweet message.

Attached are two readings for a July 13 call, though I don’t think the
exact time for the call has been scheduled (Bruce–?).

The readings are “The Vocation of Being,” by the poet and linguist
Robert Bringhurst, from his stunning book of essays “The Tree of
Meaning,” and the chapter “iGod,” from Nicholas Carr’s recent book “The
Big Switch.” As you will see, Bringhurst concerns himself with the
relationship between language and being human; Carr, with the
relationship between technology and being human. The contrasts between
the essays are striking; the questions we might address in a conference
call are many and could include:

Given the ubiquity of computer technology in our society and in our
educational system, how can we think about teaching “being” in the
classroom–explicitly and implicitly, by word and by example? How do we
approach the question of idolatrous values when our students see their
values as “normal” and validated by social conventions? What is/should
be the role of language in the development of technology, and what
is/should be the role of “meaning”?

And so on.

I’ll be using these two essays, among others, as springboards for a
panel discussion among my second-semester comp students during our
(newly-named) university’s annual fall “Ethics Awareness Week.” Will
look forward to your input!

Further word will be coming, I’m sure, about the time of the upcoming
conference call. A happy 4th of July holiday to you all.

Julie J. Nichols, Ph.D.

email: for information on how to receive these readings in advance of the call.

I Love the World: Boomdeyada

Greetings All,

For those who havn’t seen this yet, here’s a wonderful 1 minute video
that instantiates some of our discussions…..awareness, embracing, etc.
I’m incorporating it into my Wisdom Therapy work and my teaching.



Next Phone Discussion–July 13

Hi, all!

We will be hosting another phone discussion at our old usual time on July 13–9pm Eastern, 6 Pacific. I’ve been immersed in reading and writing since I got back, but I’ll be compiling conference materials, and a full report, and sending more pictures when my piece is done–and Allison is compiling our first AEPL newsletter to be sent out in a while. I think we’ll try to do the calls roughly bi-weekly–get to me if you’re interested in doing one, or if you would like us to ask certain other conference speakers to lead.